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Garson - Sudbury,ON,Canada

Member Since:

Apr 20, 2013



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Running Accomplishments:

I was never a runner.  I mean, I ran some when I was in university, because it was the thing to do, but it was never that serious.  In highschool a little before that too, but it was a bit of a joke, because I smoked (not heavy, but still) and never took my health that seriously.

I ran my first marathon in 1998 in Massey, Ontario.  I was 32.  It was kind of stupid - I had never raced in a shorter event, and I trained really poorly.  Ended up running it in 4:00:30.  I gave up running for the most part for 6 years after that.  I got into karate a bit more seriously, until I got my knee kicked out and had ACL surgery.  Then I became a 'fair weather runner' and started to run half marathons as I paid more attention to my health.

At some point, I started training more consistently, and started to think of myself as a runner.  I guess doing that in your 40's is better than never doing it at all.  I even started to wonder if I had it in me to qualify for Boston.  Well, I did - twice.  First time didn't count, I suppose, since I didn't make the "cut".  But the second time was a charm, and on my sixth Marathon, run in Chicago in 2015, I beat my BQ by almost 6 minutes.

Through it all, I've made tons of mistakes - and have had lots of injuries to show for it.  Hopefully, now that I'm in my 50's, I'm a bit wiser and can use that to my advantage to continue running for a very long time.

My PRs:

5k (11 run):      Guelph, ON.     October 10, 2016   (50 yrs.)   20:10

10k (9 run):    Collingwood      October 5, 2013  (47 yrs.)  43:37

Half Marathon  (22 run): Cleveland   May 18, 2014  (48 yrs)  1:33:08

Marathon (8 run):  Chicago       October 11, 2015   (49 yrs.)  3:24:07

Ultras (3 run):   

Run for the Toad 50k   September 30, 2017 (51 yrs.)  5:31:23

Niagara Falls 100k   June 17, 2018 (52 yrs.)  12:26:30

That Dam Hill 24 hours   September 15-16, 2018  Completed 100 Miles in 23:20:44

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Pacing my sister in her 1st Half Marathon.

Short-Term Running Goals:

The Disney Dopey Challenge in January, 2019.

Sulphur Springs Trail Ultra (50 miles) in May, 2019.

The Haliburton (100 Miles) in September 2019.

The Toronto Marathon in May 2020 (qualify for Boston).

The Sinister 7 (100 Miles) in July 2020 (big maybe).

125th Boston Marathon on April 19, 2021.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Run until this old body of mine won't let me run any more.  I was inspired in the Spring of 2016, watching the start of the Ottawa Marathon.  Near the back of the pack was an 'old man', running with his walker.  I loved it!  I thought ... there's me in 20 years.  Maybe.  


I am a Roman Catholic priest of 23 years, ministering in the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie.  I spent 8 years ministering in the small town of Wawa (where I helped establish the annual Blackfly Run) and 9 years in Sault Ste. Marie.  I have been in the Sudbury region now for 7 years.  Currently I Pastor 2 small Parishes:  St. John the Evangelist in Garson, and St. Bernardine of Siena in Skead, covering the area just Northeast of the city, surrounding the Sudbury Airport.

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 8.00 Month: 132.00 Year: 2094.27
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 182.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 167.50
Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Lifetime Miles: 278.28
Brooks Glycerin 13 Lifetime Miles: 278.23
Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 21.00
Total Distance
Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 26.00Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 24.00
Weight: 162.33
Total Distance

Goodwill Route; 8:32 pace.  In the snow, which turned to sleet.  Made for wet feet.

Afternoon run, as I slept in this morning.  Late nights will be a thing of the past once the World Series is finished.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.50
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Radar Road Route; 8:16 pace.

Ended up running in the afternoon, as I had a funeral to attend this morning.  That worked out well, as most of the snow that fell had melted by then.

Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 14.00
Weight: 163.50
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Goodwill Route; 8:46 pace.

-5C/23F ... getting too cold for just the shorts and gloves.  Will soon need to switch over to running pants and gloves.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 163.00
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Speedwork at the track.

4 x 1200 with 400 recoveries.

Aimed for a 5:05 interval.  Ended up a bit slower at:

5:18  5:15  5:11  and  5:09

A few factors (excuses).  I'm heavier than I want, by about 3 or 4 pounds.  I didn't feel great from the start.  I got my flu shot yesterday.  It was cold (4C/39F) and raining steadily, making the track mushy.  It was dark, so I couldn't see my lap splits for the first 3 intervals.  And I had GI distress.  In fact, I had to stop and go home after my second interval to use the bathroom, and then return to finish the workout.

But hey, I'll take it.  Somthing is better than nothing.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 163.00
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Goodwill Route; 8:42 pace. 

I should probably start wearing my headlamp; the first few miles were pretty dark.  Of course, we'll gain an hour in the morning this weekend, so we'll see.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 161.50
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Tempo run; Radar Road.

7 miles at 7:55 pace, which means I basically nailed it - finally, after 2 previous attempts where I went too fast.

At least I THINK this should be my marathon pace.  Running it would beat my BQ time by 7 1/2 minutes when I attempt that a year and a half from now.  And that's the new, fast BQ time.

Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 162.50
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Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 26.00Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 24.00
Weight: 162.33
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